Cherry White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies


If you are a diabetic or a low-carber, look away, look away now! These cookies aren’t even the least bit low carb or sugar free, and I promise that I am not trying to lead any of you into temptation. I made them with my kids during our huge snow storm last week and the whole family deemed them blog-worthy, so I am bound by family law to post about them. This blog take so much time and energy away from my kids, they have to have at least a little say in what goes into it!

This recipe came about for a variety of reasons, the first being the aforementioned snow storm. You may have heard about how the northeast got slammed last week with a true Nor’easter. 18 inches of snow in our neck of the woods, so between bouts of shovelling, I kept kid entertained by baking cookies, among other things. I had it in mind to come up with a new flavour combination for chocolate chip cookies because of a challenge by fellow blogger Charlie at Sweet Salty Spicy. I’m always up for a fun challenge, and I chose not to do it low carb because let’s be honest…who is going to vote for a low carb cookie over a full-sugar, full-carb one? Even I wouldn’t do it and I make some pretty good low carb cookies!

And then another challenge arose that convinced me to bake these cookies. Fellow blogger Steph from Steph’s Bite by Bite is running a marathon and needs to raise a little money…just a measly few thousand dollars! She rather smartly turned to the blogging community and proposed an online bake sale, where we contribute an item that readers can bid on. We will then make our treats and send to the highest bidder, and all proceeds will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I am all for supporting fellow runners and fellow bloggers, and I thought that my cookies would be a good addition to her fundraising efforts so I signed up. The bake sale will be taking place on January 31st, so if you are interested in my treats or any others, be sure to stop by! I will make sure to post about it closer to the time and get it on everyone’s radar. And if you want to contribute a baked good yourself, head on over to Steph’s blog and sign up.

The Results: I already told you these were deemed blogworthy, and boy, they certainly were. I gave into temptation and had a bite of a warm cookie right out of the oven, all melty warm goodness. If you like the combination of white chocolate and dried fruit, this is the cookie for you! I chose to put it in an oatmeal cookie to give it more ooomph. I’ve always loved oatmeal and chocolate chips together and was curious about how it would fare with white chocolate. It’s a great combination, I can tell you!

Apparently I am not the only one who thinks so! Turns out that my little combination of cherries, white chocolate and oatmeal is not so original after all. Just as I was writing this, I got a link from another blogger who came up with her own version of the same thing just the other day! Check out the Baking Barrister’s version HERE.

Cherry White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
1 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time until thoroughly combine, scraping down beaters and bowl as needed.

Add flour mixture and beat until combined. Mix in oats, cherries and white chocolate chips until just incorporated. Batter will be very stiff.

Roll tablespoons of dough between palms and place on prepared baking sheets. Flatten somewhat with the palm of your hand.

Bake until edges are beginning to brown and tops are soft and puffy, 15-20 minutes, switching and rotating pans halfway through baking.

Let cool on baking sheets for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 3 1/2 to 4 dozen cookies.

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  1. Three-Cookies says

    Sounds and looks delicious. And congratulations on the top 9 – well done. I published that particular blog as my favourite yesterday:)

  2. Tiffany says

    Yikes! 18 inches! Urg! These cookies look great! I've used Lindt's coconut white chocolate in cookies and it bakes up very nicely! This is a great combo!!!

  3. Ang says

    These look great! It is amazing the time and effort it takes to keep our sites up and fresh, but it's worth it. Also, I'm so jealous for your snow storm. I don't like the cold, but I would loved to be trapped in my house for a few days to bake and cook with my daughter and snuggle up to Lifetime movies:)

  4. Kim - Liv Life says

    I had a version of this years ago and I've never forgotten it. Cranberries are always a hit for me, I will have to stock up!

  5. Evan @swEEts says

    I'm really like this flavor combo and who wouldn't want it in a delicious looking cookie?? Love it Carolyn! And those peanut butter balls look fabulous as well!

  6. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit says

    Gosh these look so fantastic! I like your warning at the beginning of your post. I still… didn't look away! mmm

  7. Steph says

    Can't wait to debut these on the bake sale!! I think they're gonna be a huge hit!! I am wishing I had one right now!!

  8. Claudie says

    They look beautiful!! And definitely tempting too… too bad I really can't break the low-carb right now, otherwise I would have totally tried them :( I guess I'll stick to your peanut butter dough truffles for this week!

  9. Suchitra says

    Perfectly baked cookies- looks gorgeous! I absolutely love the combination of white chocolate and dried cherries- yum :)

  10. rosanna says

    Great Carolyn, you don't always have to post low carb recipes, of course!!!!!
    These cookies look really delicious, I'll try to do them for my kid and husband and for me to try one (shhhhhh)
    Greetings my dear.

  11. Cakewhiz says

    I can't believe i have never added dried cherries in cookies because i bet they taste unbelievable! Looking forward to trying out your recipe soon 😀

  12. Stephanie says

    Yum. I love white chocolate, and cherries…and oatmeal…I guess I love everything about these cookies! :-p

    And I hear yah about the snow. We didn't get as much as you did, here in MI, but we're still blanketed with the white fluffy stuff everywhere. I'm definitely looking forward to Spring. Sigh.

  13. sara @ CaffeIna says

    No low carb, no low sugar? Oh well, you've got to make the kids happy sometimes, right? we are grown up and we can control ourselves if we have to ehmm…maybe :)
    I'm glad you had a storm…I mean, not for the storm but because it brought us these cookies!

  14. whatsfordinneracrossstatelines says

    All you have to do is wave cookies and I will come running. Love all the goodies in here, hope the snow has let up over there. Keep warm over there!

  15. Annie says

    Mmmmmm those look so good! I just love white chocolate and cranberries together. I will be sure to check back about the online bake sale. It is such a great idea!

  16. Kristen says

    Original or not, that combination sounds fantastic. I think I have all of the ingredients in my pantry, too. I can see some of these appearing in the cookie jar soon!!

  17. A little bit of everything says

    cherry and chocolate chip !!! why didn't I think of that? I just posted chocolate chip cookies today but with almonds not cherry. Next time I'll give yours a try.
    Thanks for sharing Carolyn
    Have a great rest of the week (away form rain and bad weather)


    Definitely blog worthy! I don't have any dietary needs I have to make substitutions for, but I can imagine it's tiring. It's good that you can throw "real" cookies in every now-and-again!

  19. Joanne says

    You are so sweet to make these for your kids even though you can't eat them! I don't know that I would have had that much self control. I love the combination of dried cranberries and white chocolate…match made in heaven!

  20. Jackie at says

    Oatmeal cookies are always well appreciated in my home. I love the cherry white chocolate combo that you picked. Absolutely lovely!

  21. Rich says

    I for one also prefer the full-carb version. This looks fantastic, and white chocolate and cherries? Yeah, I'd vote for that in a heartbeat.

  22. A Thought For Food says

    I've been seeing a lot of white chocolate in posts recently… and despite my issues with the stuff, I love it when paired with cherries or cranberries. And in these cookies???? I'm sure it's perfection.

  23. Grace says

    Just added these to my "to bake list". I don't know why I torture myself and visit your site on an empty stomach. Everything you make always looks mouth watering delicious!

  24. Island Vittles says

    These are so delicious looking! I haven't tasted this combo myself, but I'm definitely intrigued…Theresa

  25. Magic of Spice says

    That is such a great combination and they look delightful…I am sure they will do quite well with the fundraiser :)

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